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Hour of Glory (1949)

The Small Back Room (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 23 February 1952 (USA)
As the Germans drop explosive booby-traps on Britain in 1943, the embittered expert who'll have to disarm them fights a private battle with alcohol.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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R.B. Waring
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Col. A.K. Holland
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Capt. Dick Stuart
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Cpl. Taylor
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Prof. Mair
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Joe
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Brine
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Sgt. Maj. Rose
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Crowhurst - Door Sentry
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Pinker
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The best bomb disposal officer during World War II was badly injured and is in frequent pain. He finds solace and relief from his pain in the whisky bottle & the pills that are never far away. A new type of booby trapped bomb push his nerves & resolution to the limit. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first film acting role of Bryan Forbes. See more »

Goofs

A little over 75 minutes into the film, during the scene where the character of Sammy Rice trashes his sitting room, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen reflected in the empty picture frame in the foreground of the shot. See more »

Quotes

The Minister: Yes, but you mustn't keep a dog and bark yourself, you know.
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Crazy Credits

In the cast list, Robert Morley is named only as "A Guest", in italics. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The South Bank Show: Michael Powell (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Soft Shoe Shuffle
(uncredited)
Written by Spencer Williams and Maurice Burman
Performed by Ted Heath's Kenny Baker Swing Group
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28 May 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Quite apart from its wartime themes, this is the best introduction I know to the world of office politics and power broking. Fans of Ricky Gervais are advised to give this little film a viewing. It has enough story lines to keep everyone happy and the cast is mighty fine at playing a variety of individuals. It's hard to think of a better supporting-role performance from Jack Hawkins, and anything with Kathleen Byron in it always has to be watchable.

I've only just read the novel of the same name, on which it's based (still in print and available, and strongly recommended by the way). Comparing the two, it's easy to see how so much of the film derives from the novel; but this is far more than a film of the book. Powell and Pressburger have done a superb job of focusing and concentrating the novel's strengths.


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